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Built the Index Fund and Kept Going
Who invented the index fund? Most investors would guess it was Vanguard founder John Bogle. Bogle did launch the first publicly available index fund in 1976. After being derided as “Bogle’s folly,” it went on to become today’s Vanguard 500 Index Fund, a name nearly synonymous with indexing.
So it may come as a surprise to learn that Bogle did not actually invent the index fund. That credit goes to three gentlemen who created the first institutional index funds in the early 1970s: Dimensional Fund Advisor board member John “Mac” McQuown, co-founder and Executive Chairman David Booth, and co-founder Rex Sinquefield.
In this brief video, Booth reflects on the evolution of indexing and evidence-based investing, which led to Dimensional’s own value-added approach. “The basic idea of indexing has been an overwhelming success,” says Booth, but “Dimensional built the firm on the idea that we could do better.”
Mac McQuown — A Living Legend
John “Mac” McQuown’s first claim to fame was creating one of the original S&P 500 index funds in the early 1970s. In an advisor-only video interview he conducted with David Booth about his work in evidence-based investing, Mac says:
“What I knew then, and I know now, is that this set of ideas is compelling. And sooner or later the world is going to come around to seeing the validity of this form of investing.”
He continues his work to this day and even holds a seat on Dimensional’s board of directors. He was recently labeled by Bloomberg magazine as the “80-year-old whiz kid” for his work reinventing the corporate bond. Watch the video below for more.